China Resources & Reports

This is a one-stop shop for recent research, reports, and resources related to philanthropy, grantmaking, and civil society in China.

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The Reports present timely information on national laws and regulations affecting philanthropy. Each report was authored by a local expert in partnership with ICNL

Enacted in January 2017, China’s Foreign Non-Governmental Organisation Management Law (“FNGO Law”) has been interpreted as the clearest evidence of “shrinking spaces” for civil society in China. This paper, by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, assess the wider implications of the new institutional environment for foreign as well as domestic nonprofit organizations in China.

The inaugural Doing Good Index examines the enabling environment for philanthropy and private social investment across 15 Asian economies, including China, Indonesia and The Phillipines. Composed of four areas–tax and fiscal policy, regulatory regimes, socio-cultural ecosystem, and government procurement–the Index reveals how Asian economies are catalyzing philanthropic giving.

This report, authored by the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative, examines the giving patterns of Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists to examine what motivates them and what barriers exist to strengthening giving.

This report prepared by the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government examines the magnitude, vitality, and impact of global institutional philanthropy.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the Council on Foundations co-hosted an instructive, engaging webinar that unpacked the legal framework for philanthropy in China.

Earlier this month, the Chinese government released the official Guidelines on Organizational Registration and Temporary Activities Reporting under the 2016 Overseas NGO Law in China. You can find the guidelines in Chinese, including forms and charts, online via the Ministry of Public Security. An official English translation of the implementation guidelines is not yet available, but a trusted translation is available from China Law Translate.

On May 10, 2016, Council on Foundations (COF) and International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) convened over one hundred organizations to discuss new Chinese legislation that may restrict the work of overseas, Hong Kong, and Taiwan-based foundations and other nonprofits in China.